Entwined Serpent Snake 18k Gold Bangle Bracelet Antique Victorian c1840.
Stunning antique entwined serpent or snake bangle bracelet dating from the early Victorian period. The snake is entwined around a turquoise & seed pearl leaf.
The symbolism of the snake dates back thousands of years, and many civilisations have interpreted the creature to represent any number of things from good to evil, rebirth, fertility, poison to even death.
To the Ancient Egyptians the serpent represented royalty & even deit, in Hinduism, the creature represents desire and sexual passion. To the Romans everlasting love. In ancient Chinese mythology, it was believed that the snake had close relations with the gods and was able to prolong one’s life. The snake was considered to be a symbol of reproduction and good luck.
After Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a ring in the image of a snake featuring an emerald-set head, snake jewellery was thrust into the limelight, anything the Queen had became the height of fashion, & everyone copied. The Queen pronounced the snake to be a figure of eternal love. As the couple married in 1840 snake jewellery reached its eminence in the 1840s, the time this bangle dates from.
The gold has been tested as there are no gold marks. To the top of the snakes head & eyes are dark red tourmaline stones, these have been tested, all present, in good order & a great colour. To the leaf all the turquoise stones are present, 1 seed pearl missing, all are a good even colour & in good order. The gold to the bangle itself in need of a little tlc, there are dings & tiny pin prick holes, please see the pictures as taken from all angles. Good hinge to open & the bangle shuts securely, also fitted with a safety chain but one end is detached.
Internal cross dimensions 6.0 x 4.8 cm or 2.4 x 1.9 inches.
Max width across the front 3.0 cm or 1.2 inches.
Weight 14.5 grams or 9.06 penny weight.